SORE THROATS MATTER. Rheumatic Fever. is a serious disease caused by a strep throat can make children very sick and cause heart damage m ay mean a lifetime of feeling breathless and tired can shorten life. SORE THROATS MATTER. New Zealand still has high rates of rheumatic f ever
In [name of region] [X] cases [relevant local info]Rheumatic Fever
Acute rheumatic fever
affects 3 organ systems
Ask your students if they have sore throats – build checks into your schools’ daily routine
Some schools have a throat swabbingclinic – refer children with sore throats
No clinic? Notify family about the need for a health worker, doctor or nurse to check every sore throat.
A quick throat swab
Child needs to take the full 10-daycourse of antibiotics
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Thanks to Ngati Hine Health Trust, the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand, ToiTeOra, the National Hauora Coalition and Northland DHB for contributing images and information for this slideshow, which has been compiled by the Health Promotion Agency.